WHAT IS A BROWLIFT?
Browlift surgery is a procedure for rejuvenating the upper face. There are various approaches when it comes to a browlift, however, the most commonly performed approach is an endoscopic browlift. With an endoscopic approach, small incisions are made in the hairline to release the tissues of the brow and scalp. The brow is then carefully re-positioned to rejuvenate the forehead and upper eyelids. This procedure is often combined with a facelift to provide a balanced and more refreshed look.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BROWLIFTS
Every patient’s needs are unique. In some cases, alternative approaches may be recommended. For individuals with a very high hairline, our surgeon may recommend a trichophytic brow lift which raises the brows and lowers the hairline. This technique involves making an incision at the hairline and potentially removing a small strip of forehead skin. Our skilled surgeons may also combine this approach with the endoscopic browlift for optimal brow repositioning. Sometimes a lateral browlift may be recommended which involves incisions in the temple area. We will work with you to determine the best approach to achieve your desired results.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A BROWLIFT?
Browlifts are typically performed on patients who are experiencing visible signs of aging in the upper face, such as sagging brows and horizontal forehead lines. It is important to note that while a browlift can improve the appearance of the face, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. Each patient presents a unique anatomic picture and requires a personalized set of tools for optimal, natural rejuvenation. Depending on the patient’s needs, a browlift may also include additional procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery to further enhance the overall appearance of the face.
If you are considering a browlift, our experienced facial plastic surgeons will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical plan based on your individual needs and goals.
DECIDING TO SCHEDULE
During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee of $500.00 will be required. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first few follow-up visits.
During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming browlift procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with your surgeon to revisit your goals, and review any submitted medical clearance forms. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.
WHAT TO AVOID BEFORE SURGERY
To ensure optimal surgical results and minimize the risk of complications, it is crucial to avoid all blood-thinning medications and supplements for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible results while ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the surgical process.
WHAT CAN I DO TO SPEED UP MY RECOVERY TIME?
We strive to ensure that your brow lift procedure is as comfortable and safe as possible. Our skilled surgeons perform the procedure under IV sedation in combination with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Sutures or staples will be used to close the incisions, and a compression dressing may be placed on the forehead to aid in healing. It is common to experience bruising around the eyes after the procedure, which can last from seven to ten days. Sutures will be removed at five to seven days, and swelling will gradually subside over the course of one to three weeks. It is normal to experience headaches and temporary numbness to the forehead, which typically resolves within two to four weeks. Ice packs can help reduce swelling in the first 24 hours. Light walks around the house are recommended.